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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Blown Away” by Shane Gericke…Just started it a little while ago and so far, it’s pretty interesting

What did you recently finish reading? Since this is my first WWW post in weeks, I have read ALOT…..

“Stay Tuned” by Lauren Clark

“The Perks of being a wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

“Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster

“The AfterLife Club” by Jude Ryan

“Walking on Broken Glass” by Christa Allan

“Seed” by Ania Ahlborn-GREAT Horror book! 🙂

“Death by Facebook” by Everett Peacock

“Zomblog” by T.W. Brown

“Learn me Good” AND “Learn me Gooder” by John Pearson-Very funny and awesome!

“Hush” by Anne Frasier

“A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron-This was such a AWESOME book, one of the best I have ever read! It was recommended by another blogger and that’s why I gave it a chance and I am SOOO happy I did! MUST READ for everyone!

“It looked different on the model” by Laurie Notaro

“Three Girls and a Baby” by Rachel Schurig

“Bah, Humbug(A Novella)” by Heather Horrocks-very cute, sweet, short read

“Out of Mormonism: A woman’s true story” by Judy Robertson

“Finding Clarity: A Mom, a Dwarf and a Posh Private School in the People’s Republic of Berkeley” by Laura Novak

“Man of Wax” by Robert Smartwood-Just finished today, it reminded me in parts of the movie “The Game” mixed with elements of “Saw” and even “Hostel” as far as the premise…I thought it was an excellent on the edge of your seat thriller! Can’t wait for the second in the trilogy to be released next month! 🙂

I read 17 books SINCE my last WWW Wed., WOW!

What do you think you’ll read next? At some point, I plan to start reading “The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume One” by Robert Kirkman that my husband got on Monday…….it has issues 1 through 48 so I’ll probably read it slowly while still reading other books

I also am wanting to read “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer….I bought it today for my Kindle, it was only a quarter! It it’s STILL that price, you might want to consider checking it out too in the Amazon store! 🙂



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? I’m reading about 4 books at the same time, but it’s because they’re more of daily reading…..

“Think and be Happy:365 Empowering Thoughts” by Shadonna Richards (This is obviously meant for daily through the year, but I may read a couple on some days instead of just one)

“Daily Readings for Difficult Days” by Jennifer Carter-Christian Literature to give you inspiration during tough times and of course, difficult days….I have seen some scripture, but even if you weren’t Christian, I think the little stories could still inspire you some

“Daily Dose of Determination” by Melanie Bonita-Another Christian Literature book, this is actually meant as a 90 day book to help give you determination…

“The Feel Good Factory on Life Management: Mind Clearing, Path Finding, Change Making Ideas to Revitalize your life” by Elisabeth Wilson-I LOVE this book so far, it includes lots of tips and advice for decluttering your life and working towards your goals…..this isn’t a daily type of book, although I am reading through it slowly, bits and pieces and trying to really digest what it has to say

(Since at least 3 of these books I will be reading on for awhile, I’m not going to relist them each week. I will just mention them again when I am done reading them because I plan on reading other books in the time being as well. You may have noticed a theme with these books…..Well, they were all FREE books I got when they were shown as free and they are on my Kindle, Since I am focusing on controlling my depression this month, I decided to read some books that are meant to uplift and inspire me.)

What did you recently finish reading? “The Grimm Curse(Once upon a time is now)” by Stephen Carpenter-short novella that the tv show “Grimm” was roughly based off of

“The Dirty Parts of the Bible” by Sam Torode-Funny book….not what you’re probably expecting from the title

“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne- PLEASE tell me what I was thinking…no offense to those who like this book, but omg….I was SO glad when I finished reading it. I never HAD to read it throughout school but I knew the premise and something just made me want to do a little bit deeper reading than I had been doing of late. It’s not that his writing wasn’t good, it was just sleep inducing and his sentences run on and on so that ONE huge paragraph might be ONE sentence. I found myself having to slow down and concentrate hard not to lose what was trying to be said in the midst of comma after comma separating what SHOULD have been quite a few sentences instead of one.

What do you think you’ll read next? “Stay tuned” by Lauren Clark-a Kindle book that sounded interesting to me 🙂 It’s supposed to be about a #1 news team becoming the top story instead of reporting it…..We’ll see how it goes!



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “The Grimm Curse(Once upon a time is now)” by Stephen Carpenter-A Kindle book, real short, only about 85 pages, so shouldn’t take me much time at all

What did you recently finish reading? “Down the Drain” by Daniel Pyle-another very short and free when I got it, Kindle book…creepy read

“The Emerald Talisman” by Brenda Pandos-free Kindle Book, 1st in a trilogy, I LOVED this book and I am planning to read the other 2 but they do cost a little so I am going to try to get the 2nd through my Books Free and buy the 3rd one later unless it shows up free sometime soon 🙂

“The Mancode Exposed”-Rachel Thompson-Free when I got it, but no longer free….very funny read!

“Darkness Under the Sun” by Dean Koontz-short novella for Kindle that I paid for

“When parents text: So much said, so little understood” by Sophie Fraioli-The book from the site, whenparentstext.com, very funny, read on my Kindle

“Mile 81” by Stephen King-short novella on the Kindle

“Don’t look behind you” by Ann Rule-pretty much the only book I consider LONG that I have read recently…I love her true crime stories!

I read A LOT of books on Kindle this week, but a majority of them were pretty short, so that’s why!

What do you think you’ll read next? Either something else on my Kindle or I might work on reading books 5, 6 and 7 of the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber that I started over the holidays…

*Note to blog followers, I will be restarting Mirthful Monday next Monday. I know I haven’t done it for a couple weeks, but I’m NOT getting rid of it, I was just taking a break from blogging a bit. For those interested in my ” 12 in ’12” journey, I will be posting about how the first month went and what my 2nd month goal is going to be, so stay tuned for that! :)*



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Don’t look behind you” by Ann Rule

What did you recently finish reading? “Bleeder” (Apocalypto, #3) by L.K. Rigel

“Sex with kings: 500 years of adultery, power, rivalry, and revenge” by Eleanor Herman-an interesting look at the secret world of mistresses, especially royal mistresses and how life was like for them.

What do you think you’ll read next? Probably one of the books saved on my kindle, but not sure which one yet….




To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Bleeder (Apocalypto,#3) by L.K. Rigel-3rd book I have read on my Kindle….all 3 are in one big book together with the first two more novella length; Amazon has a membership thing kind of like NetFlix that you can get or try called Amazon Prime, I will not be buying it, but the first month is free so I have the first month so I could check out a book with their lending library. I checked out this Apocalypto series cause it sounded interesting and so far, it HAS been. Very Science Fiction, even though that’s usually not my thing…..they call this genre apocapunk, I believe….it took me awhile to get into the first one cause I’m not used to this genre, but once I did, it pulled me and hooked me. This is not a book I would have typically ever picked up and read if I didn’t have my Kindle…

What did you recently finish reading? “Space Junque”(Apocalypyto, #1) and “Spiderwork”(Apocalypto, #2), both by L.K. Rigel-These are both novellas, considered prequels to “Bleeder”, which I assume means you could just read the 3rd, but you would be very lost….The prequels really help you understand what’s going on in the 3rd

“11/22/63” by Stephen King-Stephen King at his best, if you ask me! I LOVED this book….I wanted to give it more than 5 stars on Goodreads. Within a couple hundred pages of the ending, I was really worried that he wasn’t going to be able to finish it without rushing through everything or making a sequel….at almost 900 pages, the fact that I was worried about him not finishing the story obviously clues you in on how much this story covers…there were seriously a million different ways he could have gone with the story line, but he ended up working things out nicely and neatly without any rushing and I was thrilled at how he did it…….It was an amazing book…..If you haven’t read it, you need to! Here is a premise for you: “If you could stop the assassination of J.F.K., would you? and how far would you go to do it?”

What do you think you’ll read next? I would love to give you a definite answer here, but I’m not sure…I might read another book on my Kindle, but I have about 30 saved on there, 99% of them free :)….I have 2 more books from Goodreads coming, but not sure WHEN and I have a few books I am wanting from the library that I might get sometime this week, so….I don’t know…you’ll have to wait until next week, I’m afraid!




To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “11/22/63” by Stephen King

What did you recently finish reading? “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke

“Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey

What do you think you’ll read next? Possibly one of the e-books I downloaded onto my Kindle, but I have quite a few already so not sure which one I will start with…i guess stay tuned to find out! 🙂




{January 10, 2012}   2011 in Review

I noticed some others doing this and I just figured out where they got it from…I know it’s a little late but nevertheless, here are my stats for 2011. Nowhere near as impressive as some people’s blogs, but hey, that’s OK! 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.



Another Rainy Day, sick and just feeling like sleeping the day away…so this Mirthful Monday is dedicated to Rainy Day jokes and cheering everyone else up that might be going through a rainy day like me, either literally or metaphorically. It’s always nice to see a bit of rainbow shining through, isn’t it? 🙂

Ole and Lena were sitting down to their usual morning cup of coffee listening to the weather report on the radio. “There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared,” the weather report said. “You must park your cars on the odd numbered side of the streets.” Ole said, “Jeez, okay,” and got up from his coffee. The next day they were sitting down with their morning cups of coffee. The weather forecast was, “There will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the even numbered side of the streets.” Again Ole replied, “Jeez, okay,” and got up from his coffee. Two days later, again they re sitting down with their cups of coffee and the weather forecast said, “There will be 6 to 8 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the…” and the power went out and Ole didn’t get the rest of the instructions. He turned to Lena, “Jeez, what am I going to do now, Lena?” Lena replied, “Aw, Ole, just leave the car in the damned garage today.”

*****
The Indians asked their Chief in autumn, if the winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared. Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is this winter to be cold?” The man on the phone responded, “This winter was going to be quite cold indeed.” So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a VERY cold winter?” “Yes”, the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.” So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: “Are you absol utely sure, that the winter is going to be very cold?” “Absolutely” the man replies, “the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”
*****
Q. What’s the difference between weather and climate ? A. You can’t weather a tree, but you can climate !
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May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you
Joke: Three large men were using one very small umbrella, yet none of them got wet. How?
Answer: It wasn’t raining!
*****
A man gave all of his seven umbrellas for repair at one time and told the shopkeeper he would pick it up in the evening while back from work.On the way to work in Bus, out of habit he grabbed the umbrella of the woman sitting next to him, got up and started walking.The woman started yelled, “Umbrella thief, Umbrella thief.”

The embarrassed guy returned the umbrella and apologized, before getting abused and beaten up by other woman loving passengers.

In the evening he picked up all his umbrellas repaired, put them under his arms and started walking towards home. Unfortunately the morning lady returning from work bumped into him.

The lady commented, “Seems, you had a profitable day at work today.”

Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won’t feel like watching.-Fran Lebowitz
Most adults, unlike most children, understand the difference between a book that will hold them spellbound for a rainy Sunday afternoon and a book that will put them in touch with a part of themselves they didn’t even know existed.-Mark Haddon
I am ending this post with a bit of nostalgia for me and maybe for you too, if you were a kid of the 80’s…maybe even of the 90’s? Remember the show Reading Rainbow? I used to LOVE that show! Here is the old show opener and theme. 🙂
*Both photos used in this post came from Photobucket*


This is a repost of a post I did around the beginning of last year on a day a lot like today.

It’s been one of those gloomy, rainy days today…the kind where if you have to get out and go somewhere, you drag yourself everywhere wishing you could just curl up in bed with a good book or just sleep in all day. Luckily, since I didn’t HAVE to be anywhere today, I got to sleep in and those are the best rainy days for me. For the people that DID have to go anywhere today, yuck, I feel for you cause looking out the window today, it has been dark and miserable looking for errand running and/or job working.

I have to confess that I don’t have anything big or important to talk about today, but that’s ok because even pro bloggers struggle to come with up truly intriguing, interesting blogs day after day after day. So today is just a blog about the rainy day outside with a little treat added.

On this skating special on TV today, I had the pleasure of hearing this acapello group called, “Straight no Chaser” and they are awesome and I think EVERYONE should at least give them at least one listen. If they are not for you, that’s fine, but at least you had a new experience, right?

Here’s a video of them doing a medley of “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz and the classic “Somewhere over the Rainbow”…which is very fitting for today because you can’t have a rainbow without a rainy day….like we have today.



{January 7, 2012}   Haiku Time

Showtime free preview
And Kindle Fire
Have become mainstays.

Reading Stephen King’s
Eleven Twen-
ty Two Sixty Three.

Taking medicine
And feeling tired
So I’m stuck in bed.

Things are bearable
With books and TV
And my Kindle Fire. 🙂



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